The holy spirit and christmas
For this year’s Christmas Season, we shall examine the role of the Holy Spirit in bringing Christ, the reality and essence of Christmas into being. As we know, the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, Who executes all the plans and purposes of God. Beginning from Creation to the end of the age, no plan of God ever sees the light of day without the Holy Spirit’s involvement. From eternity past, when the idea was conceived of the Saviour coming to the earth to live and die, to the conception and birth of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit was actively involved. So, Christmas could not have been without the involvement of the Holy Spirit.
At conception in Luke 1:34, to the utter helplessness of Mary, who reacting in amazement at the good news from the angel of God, said, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” Then, the Angel made her understand that her conception was going to be the extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit. The Angel’s statement reveals the distinct work of the Holy Spirit, “And the angel answered and said to her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35 NKJV).
First, is the mystery of how Christ’s conception took place without any sexual intercourse, “The mystery of the birth of Jesus is not merely that he was born of a virgin. That miracle was intended by God to witness to an even greater one; namely, that the child born at Christmas was a person who existed “from of old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2).
Second is the creative power of the Holy Spirit. Not that Jesus was created; rather, He was born and not created. That act of clothing God with human flesh shows the creative abilities of the Holy Spirit.
All these teach us many more lessons about the Holy Spirit, which we cannot consider here. Apart from the life of Mary, we see the Holy Spirit working in the life of Elizabeth, when Mary visited her. Her greetings prompted an immediate reaction from the baby in Elizabeth’s womb and instantly she was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leapt in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:41-42 NKJV).
Still, within the same period, the Holy Spirit inspired Zechariah to prophesy about his son, John and about the coming Messiah, “Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied …” (Luke 1:67 NKJV).
But much more spectacular was the Holy Spirit’s operation on Simeon. At the prompting of the Spirit, he was on time at the temple to witness the presentation of Jesus by His parents. “And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So, he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law” (Luke 2:26-27 NKJV).
Thus, from start to finish, we see that the events surrounding the birth of Baby Jesus was laced with the active working of the Holy Spirit.